Albert Woodfox, who spent 43 years in solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, for a crime he didn’t commit, is scheduled to speak this month at the University of Illinois Student Center in Chicago
Woodfox’s speech is scheduled to begin a 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, at the UIC Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S. Halsted.
He will discuss his memoir “Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement.” My story of Transformation and Hope.”
A former member of the Black Panther Party and a former member of the Angola 3, Woodfox taught other inmates to read, organized a campaign to stop prison sexual assaults and led a hunger strike to improve prison conditions. He is the last member of The Angola 3 to be released from prison.
Woodfox was convicted for the 1974 killing of Brent Miller, a prison guard. The U.S. Court of Appeals overturned his conviction on November 20, 2014.
He was released on February 19, 2016, after the prosecution agreed to drop its push for a retrial and accept his plea of no contest to lesser charges of burglary and manslaughter. He spent 45 years in prison, including 43 years in solitary confinement.
He said he would have liked the chance to prove his innocence, but chose the plea deal because of his age and health. He initially was imprisoned for armed robbery. Following his speech, there will be a book signing and a reception.